William A. Lydell
Lydell, William A. 90, passed away October 18, 2021. Bill was born in Valley City, ND, where he graduated with baccalaureates in English and music education after serving in the Korean War. Throughout his life, Bill followed his passions for music and education, enriching the lives of many. He began teaching choir and band in Hoffman, MN, where he met his wife, Margret. With a music master's from U. Michigan, he taught at Washburn High School in Mpls. He grew the music program to include orchestras, choirs, and music theory courses. His choirs and ensembles gave many performances over the decades, including two European tours. Bill was also a church organist and choir director; clinician and adjudicator for music contests; and music editor, composer, and arranger. After teaching, Bill enjoyed travel, performing, and volunteer work. He played many benefit concerts, at the Mpls. VA Hospital weekly, and recorded audiobooks. He also resumed solo and band performance, founding Sweet Jazz in 1994. He loved gigging around town. He enjoyed trains, a good joke, and telling a lively story. His well of "NorthDakotaisms" never ran dry. He loved his family and friends dearly, grateful for time together. Preceded in death by parents, sisters, and 3 nephews. Survived by his wife of 63 years, Margret; daughter, Lesley; 3 beloved pups; other cherished family and friends; and many students, who delighted him with friendship. Visitation at Washburn-McReavy Chapel Monday, Nov. 29th, 5-8pm, and funeral at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church Tuesday, Nov. 30th, 11am. Washburn-McReavy.com Edina Chapel, 952-920-3996
Published on November 28, 2021
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